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The hunt is on for the world's first robot serial killer.  A 144-page original graphic novel in color, ready to print.
The hunt is on for the world's first robot serial killer. A 144-page original graphic novel in color, ready to print.
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WHO AM I? Hi, my name is Roel Torres and I'm an indie comics creator who has contributed to projects such as Kayfabe, a Pro Wrestling Anthology (publisher Micah Myers), Squatchthology (publisher C.W. Cooke), the David Bowie tribute anthology (publisher Kurt Belcher), The Adventures of Super Atom and Quantum Star, Agents of C.I.Q.M (publisher Bob Westervelt for Harvard C.I.Q.M.), Gladiasaurs (publisher A. Shay Hahn for Mad Crafty Comics) and Fractured Continuum (publisher Robert Howard for Bad Kids Press). I've also self-published titles like Lightning Girl Loves Rocket Boy, Battle Team Omega, Astro Crusader, Rogue Agent Zed, and Monica Furious:SuperDestroyer under my own imprint of Hypersmash Studios. I'm proud to be teaming up with my good friends at Bad Kids Press, who have successfully funded Kickstarter projects like the GWF, Nefarious Twit, Rogan, and A Bad Kid for All Seasons, as we bring you my first graphic novel, a 144-page original story in color called Deathface Rocket Crew.

WHAT IS DEATHFACE ROCKET CREW? Deathface Rocket Crew is a science-fiction action/adventure story about three human special ops agents who go on a mission to visit a world populated by robots in order to catch the planet's first serial killer. Along the way, they have to earn the trust of the robot public, stop a potential robot drug epidemic, defeat giant combat mechs in battle, all while trying to track down the parties responsible for the multiple violent murders that have taken place. It's about the search for redemption, the clashes that happen when cultures collide, and it's a story about catching the bad guys.

(NOTE: The dialogue contains some strong, coarse language.  Reader discretion is advised.)

THE ART OF DEATHFACE ROCKET CREW. As a preview of the work in Deathface Rocket Crew, here are some samples of actual interior pages from the comic.

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXAMPLES OF ORIGINAL ART. Here are a couple of examples of original art that can be acquired as a backing reward. 

 

STRETCH GOAL #1: We've surpassed our funding goal, which means this project will become a reality! Thank you! I'm so excited that as a stretch goal with less than 10 days left, if we hit $1,500, I will throw in a bonus 5x7 print plus a collectible button for every backer at every single tier. We're only a couple of hundred bucks away – let's see if we can make this happen. Thanks!

ULTIMATE STRETCH GOAL #2: With only a couple of days left, might as well dream big and shoot for the stars! If we hit $2,000 I will throw in three bonus 5x7 prints, three collectible buttons, a digital wallpaper, a free print copy of one of my other comic books, and a free original sketch for every backer at every single reward tier! That's a retail value of over $50 in free stuff! What a deal!  

Risks and challenges

I don't believe there are any real risks or challenges to this project. I wanted to make sure the comic was in a reasonable state of completion before I presented it to the public. The work is done. All 144 pages of the graphic novel have been completely scripted, drawn, and colored, and I have lettered over half the book at this point. This is not our first time working on a comic and we have experience doing this. I have successfully self-published five different titles and 240 worth pages of comics on my own (not including the other collaborative projects I have contributed to). Bad Kids Press has successfully fulfilled four different comic Kickstarter campaigns in the past. All of the funds raised from this Kickstarter campaign are earmarked towards printing/production costs in order to deliver the work to the backers, not towards the creation of the project. The book is ready to be printed, I just want to get it in your hands!

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    PRINT COPY + 5 DIGITAL COMICS LEVEL

    Print copy of the graphic novel + Digital copy of the graphic novel + Digital PDFs of 5 Hypersmash comics (240 pages) + Listed in the acknowledgments in the book + Acknowledgment online.

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    Deluxe Hardcover of the graphic novel + Digital copy of the graphic novel + digital PDFs of 5 Hypersmash comics (240 pages) + Listed in the acknowledgments in the book + Acknowledgment online.

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    NAME A CHARACTER LEVEL

    Name a character in the story. Available characters include: robot bar patron (4 panels), robot bartender (3 panels), robot drone (8 panels), and robot pedestrian (1 panel). Bundle also includes: Print copy of the graphic novel + Digital copy of the graphic novel + Digital PDFs of 5 Hypersmash comics (240 pages) + Listed in the acknowledgments in the book + Acknowledgment online.

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    Have your name and likeness appear in the comic. Bundle also includes: Print copy of the graphic novel + Digital copy of the graphic novel + Digital PDFs of 5 Hypersmash comics (240 pages) + Listed in the acknowledgments in the book + Acknowledgment online.

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    One page of my original pencil art (see samples above). Bundle also includes: Print copy of the graphic novel + Digital copy of the graphic novel + Digital PDFs of 5 Hypersmash comics (240 pages) + Listed in the acknowledgments in the book + Acknowledgment online.

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    One page of my original pencil art + One page of original art from a second original comic (drawn by one of my collaborators: Scott Arnold, Marco David Carrillo, Jeremiah Goldson, or A. Shay Hahn) + Deluxe Hardcover of the graphic novel + Print Copy of the graphic novel + digital copy of the graphic novel + digital PDFs of 5 Hypersmash comics (240 pages) + Listed in the acknowledgments in the book + Acknowledgment online.

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